Walking music is a great way to give you a boost of energy while exercising. This article will provide you with a complete guide to selecting the best songs for your fitness level.
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Have you ever noticed what happens when your favorite song comes on the radio?
Maybe you start tapping your foot or clapping your hands. In some form or another, you start moving. Why is that? Because our favorite songs give us energy.
There is evidence to support this too. Many studies have been conducted on the power of listening to music while exercising.
One study conducted at Hampden-Sydney College in Virgina found that students traveled 11% further while listening to music than listening to silence or static. Additionally, they rated their levels of exertion as lower than the students who listened to silence or static.
This study demonstrates that those who listen to music while exercising are able to push themselves further without noticing the extra effort. (source: Reuters.com Music Helps Exercisers Go Further with Less Effort By Alison McCook)
A word of caution before we go further. Keep your music at a low volume so that you can hear the sounds around you and stay aware of your surroundings. You don't want your music so loud that you can't hear traffic, animals, people or cyclists coming up behind you.
Beginner (slow stroll): 115 – 118 beats per minute
Intermediate (brisk walking): 118 – 126 beats per minute
Advanced (fast walking): 130 – 138 beats per minute
Power walking: 137+ beats per minute
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I recently came across an app for your iPhone or ipod called
that automatically changes the Beats Per Minute (BPM) of any song already loaded on your iPod or iPhone. You can set it to the exact walking pace you want and it will either slow down or speed up the songs you already listen to.
Don't worry, it won't make the artists sound like the Chipmunks or slow their voices down so much that it sounds like they are talking underwater. That's because it doesn't change the pitch of their voices.
Now you can turn all of the songs you love into great walking music for a great price.
These specially designed mixes offer many options. Some of the options to choose from are:
Where can you find music for fitness walking?
I put together this carousel of great MP3 downloads that you can get from Amazon. Not all songs are sung by the original artists because the songs have been remade to an appropriate tempo for each fitness level. They sound very much like the originals, though.
I recently purchased an iPhone and have been having a lot of fun
exploring the large selection of fitness apps available. These powerful
apps can be somewhat of a virtual fitness trainer by tracking your
calories consumed, calories burned and much more.
Virtual Walk - This app is available on Adroid phones and Google Play. What I love about this app is that is provides you with virtual walking routes around the United States. So while you're walking your usual daily route, this app transports you to Washington D.C.,the Appalachian Trail or wherever you want to go. You'll learn facts about the area along the way and track your stats at the same time. What fun!
Do you have a song or album that you just love walking to? Share it with other visitors and help boost their energy too!
"Click on the links below to see some great recommendations for walking music. They were all written by other visitors to this page."
Jane's fast or power walking music recommendation
I listen to Streetlight Manifesto's "Somewhere in the Between" album and then their "Everything Goes Numb" album when I walk. SITB is a fast paced album …
Album "Best of the Doobies" A strong walking pace. I play this on my ipod and it will energize and drive me to complete my 5 mile walk. When the album …
Jenn's Recommendation For All Walking Speeds
LADY GAGA No matter what speed she has a song for you! And she will inspire you to get moving! For slow walking: Speechless For brisker walking: …
any speed walking music Not rated yet
I really like any of the patriotic music - especially Sousa Marches Some of the Big Band Era music is great also. **Ruth, these are fantastic recommendations! …
quick walking music Not rated yet
One Republic - Til the Love Runs out
Crunk & Hyphy music Not rated yet
Anything by Lil Jon or with Lil Jon gets me hyped and I instantly jog (only for like 20 seconds) then I go back to brisk walking. My favs are 'Bia Bia', …
brisk walking Not rated yet
EYE OF THE TIGER From the movie Rocky. Time of My Life: The Righteous Brothers. Downtown: Petula Clark The Hippie Hippie Shake Twist and Shout: …
The Beat of My Own Drummer Not rated yet
I'm a brisk walker (about 3 1/2 mph)and I've found I prefer a discussion on the radio over music. Don't get me wrong...I love music, but I find the time …
Julie's recommendation for brisk and fast walking music :-) Not rated yet
I don't know what people consider as slow, brisk or quick music but I am guessing none of mine are slow! 1995-Bowling for Soup For Your Entertainment-Adam …
aprox 17 minute mile walk Not rated yet
I recently started using an app called Map My Walk that tells me my walking pace is about 3.6 for aprox a 16.49 min mile. I love, love, love walking …
"Walking with Music to release Stress and to keep yourself Fit " Not rated yet
I started exercising to lose weight in September 2012 and I have lost 5 kg so far. Some of my favorite songs while walking according to speed is as …
What Jere listens to during walking workouts.. Not rated yet
Well, I am currently enrolled in Fitness Walking at a small college where I am an alumni. Rock music has been one of my main interests for over 25 years. …
I like inspirational music Not rated yet
My favorite is "Songs 4 Worship. I walk to the beat of the music and the songs vary which is good for a mid- level walker Songs for Worship...I have …
Sheila's walking music Not rated yet
Every Breath You Take 4:13 The Police Love You Like a Love Song 3:08 Selena Gomez & The Scene Bad Romance 4:56 Lady GaGa …
lawanda's recomendation for inspirational walking music Not rated yet
The song is called "Walking" and the artist name is Mary Mary. he musical lyrics are in keeping with what you are doing and what you are trying to accomplish …
Sandi's recommendation for fast walking music Not rated yet
"Gregoria" by Magna Canta "Derezzed" by Daft Punk "Hooked on Classics" by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --Wow, Sandi, thanks for adding these great …
Christine's Recommendation for Brisk Walking Music Not rated yet
DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love - Usher OMG - Usher Moves Like Jagger - Maroon Five While walking quickly. --Christine, I love these songs! They all …
Power Walking Music Not rated yet
LMFAO - Sexy and I know it LMFAO - Party Rock BEP's - Boom Boom Pow JLopez with Pitbull - On the Floor Black Keys - Loney Boy Pitbull with Neo - Everything …
Lisa's recommendations for brisk walking music Not rated yet
Kylie - All The Lovers Take That - Kidz You find yourself almost route-marching to Kidz, because of the marching feet and beat of the song!!! --Thank …
Four-Mile Per Hour Music Not rated yet
I do a 4mph pace so these are three of the songs I like to use, recommend more please--I've got a half-marathon (3 hours!) to do and lots of training between …
Theresa's recommendations for brisk walking. Not rated yet
Great Brisk Walking Music: Walk away, Kelly Clarkson A little less conversation remastered version, Elvis Presley Kodachrome, Paul Simon Send me …
Fast/Power Walk Not rated yet
The latest addition to my mix is Shakira's Waka Waka Africa. Seems to be just the right beat for the pace I set for my half hour around the block walk …
Brisk walking Music (16 to 17 minute mile) Not rated yet
Muse- Uprising U2- Vertigo --Thank you for adding these two songs to the library of great brisk walking music! --Melissa. The-Fitness-Walking-Guide.com …
Brisk Walking Song Not rated yet
Put your hands up for detroit - Fredde le grande --What a great song! Thank you for your contribution. --Melissa, The-Fitness-Walking-Guide.com
Cassandra's idea of good speed walking music...... Not rated yet
Usher and Bieber, Somebody to love, amazing, took me thru my first marathon . Also Bieber's "baby baby" song. Songs from the first High School Musical …
Sandy's mid-to-brisk walking music suggestions Not rated yet
These first two are from a mixtape I made for my pregnancy fitness class way back in '84. They work just as well controlled-walking with an iPod. "Bach …
Lizzie's Favorite Walking Music Not rated yet
Here are the songs I like to listen to when walking: The road to hell/Chris Rae Escapaz/Enrique Iglesias
Lizzie's recommendation for fast walking music Not rated yet
I drove all night/ Celine Dion The great Australian Dream/Graeme Connors Garden Party/Ricky Nelson One night stand/Enrique Iglesias If the world crashes …